Trial starting for Macon State prison guards | News
The trial gets underway this week for seven prison guards at Macon State Prison accused of repeatedly attacking inmates.
An indictment, filed last year in U.S. District Court in Macon, accuses members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team of beating inmates in retaliation for previous assaults on prison guards at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe.
The defendants are also accused of taking steps to mislead investigators about the attacks and cover up evidence.
Prosecutors say that in one attack around Dec. 16, 2010, after an inmate was beaten and taken from the prison in an ambulance, four of the team members encouraged each other to give false statements regarding the prisoner's injuries.
Jury selection in the case got underway Monday, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.